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of fruitless reward to achieve any kind
of success. I could be wrong but I
think there are many people who
have expected too much just because
the air temperature has been fairly
Question 2.
You can’t deny it; tutti frutti is one of,
if not the, all time classic winter
flavours. It’s a flavour I’ve used on
many occasions. We had a trend for
yellow pineapple flavored baits for a
while of late, on which I scored very
highly. In the past I’ve tried many, but
a couple of classics that stand out to
me are chocolate malt and also ethyl
alcohol based strawberry flavoured
baits. Over the past 12 to 14 months
or so, I’ve done particularly well using
a few drops of Baileys to soak my
hookbaits in. Not only does it smell
nice; it’s sweet too, and it’s also more
than likely the alcohol content that
gives my Baileys soaked Cell pop-ups
that little winter edge. Another bait
dip for winter I have tried recently is
another alcoholic drink, Corky’s white
chocolate vodka – real winner that
caught me the 31lb mirror I mentioned earlier. If on a short day session
when maximum pulling power is
required, another extremely effective
winter bait dip/flavour is Mainline’s
Maple-8 food dip. My mate Chris
Boyda uses this and says it has saved
him quite a few blanks whilst doing
the odd winter feature for various
Question 3.
I was going to mention light levels
whilst writing the answer to question
one, as light levels are directly linked
to winter. I’m a firm believer that light
levels are one of many contributing
factors that make a difference at this
time of year. I do wonder though if it
only appears to be a factor, because
obviously the days getting longer
comes at the same time of year that
our waters are warming up – more
light, more sun, etc. Nature itself
needs light, and as the days get
longer, it brings out the buds on the
trees and the early flowering plants
and so on. Also, along with the length
of the days extending at this time of
year, so too come the insect hatches
below the surface and underneath the
lakebed itself. Now I’m no entomologist by any stretch of the imagination,
but I’m pretty certain that all aquatic
insects need light, and it’s the sun
that gives us that light. So you see, I
just wonder if fish feeding more frequently as they emerge from their
winter state has more to do with what
else is going on around them rather
than just the length of the days themselves? After all, and think about it – if
you kept a tank of fish inside a dark
room indoors, they would feed all year
a ro und i f y o u fe d the m. . . j us t a
Question 4.
I’d love to be able to give you a
detailed answer on this question, but
I’m not really up on the science of
how to avoid this type of thing. Someone who has studied at Sparsholt College would be able to go into lengthy
discussions about it, but I’m just an
angler who loves his fishing. I think
that unfortunately it is inevitable that
we will lose fish at this time of year;
it’s just nature’s way. I’m not sure that
anything can be done to guarantee it
doesn’t happen.
Until next time, be lucky. n
Ed Betteridge
After not having to write for last
month’s issue it feels like ages since I
last put finger to keyboard for BCRL,
but I suppose it just feels that way
with January being the longest month
– well it is for me anyway!
There have been some very interesting answers so far in the short time
the BCRL has been going, especially
on winter fishing and winter baiting. I
have certainly read a couple of things
that I will take away and think about,
mainly the comments Lee made
about the effectiveness of different
milk proteins and the possibility of
the weed breaking down and tainting
the bottom in winter. But I’m sure the
majority of this readership doesn’t
want to look back at winter tactics in
the March issue so I won’t drag it on
– maybe we’ll drag it up next winter if
we are all still being invited to write.
However the one question I will raise
from the winter discussion (because it
is very applicable to March) is centred
around a comment that Dave made
about fishing deeper waters in winter:
“…I firmly believe that carp are only
physically comfortable in the bottom
layers for very short periods of time…
” I’d like to ask Dave what he thinks
the factors are that make the fish
p h y s i c a l l y u n c o m f o r t a b l e. M y
assumption is that the carp seek out
the warmest layers in winter, but I’d
like to know if Dave or the other rotarians think it could be air pressure or
something else entirely that make the
carp want to sit in midwater in winter?
As I briefly mentioned to Sean in an
open Facebook chat on the Aqua
D y n a m i x p a g e ( I t h i n k ) , I d o n ’t
entirely agree with his comment on
the moon affecting undertow. In all
truth I have never heard or thought of
this before. Although the moon has a
gravitational pull on all things especially water, I can’t see how it would
create a noticeable undertow on an
average sized lake. Surely when the
full moon draws the water closer the
whole lake will move a fraction and
not create a continual subsurface
drag (but I could be wrong on this; I
haven’t looked into it). I think I’m
right in saying the oceans only move
because of their vastness combined
with the spinning of the Earth and
rotation of the moon. This keeps
changing the angle of pull before the
seas have time to adapt. But I do have
to agree that I have experienced
undertow on flat calm days and then
no noticeable movement on windy
occasions. I’m not too sure what this
is down to; maybe there is a lag in the
lake settling down from a big wind, or
maybe it could be caused by the flow
of water from an inflow pipe – even
though it might seem too slight to
cause an issue.
Staying on the subject of the moon,
I’ve haven’t given it much thought to
whether it affects fish’s moods on
shallow lakes more than deep ones,
as Sean asks. So I really don’t know.
But I have always believed it affects
bigger lakes more than smaller ones
because the larger the surface area,
the more will be drawn towards a full
moon. My understanding of the
cycles of the moon is that the full
moon generally has the biggest pull
on the Earth because it is on the
opposite side of the Earth to the sun –
that’s why we get the full reflection.
But there are so many variables in the
moon cycles alone, such as the elliptical orbit will cause greater gravitational pull when the moon is closest
to the Earth…
One point that Sean did make that I
agree with is his stance on the importation of live carp. A lot of the fishery
owners seem to justify importation by
saying it was imported at less than
20lb or 30lb, but my response to that


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